Top Ten Tuesday (50) : Ten of the BEST books I’ve read recently

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by Brokeandbookish. This week’s theme is Top Ten of my Most Recent 5-Stars Read. I easily put 4 stars to a book, but a little less 5, so I’ve decided to put some of the latest books I rated either 4, or 5 stars… either way, I LOVED those, so just read them now. And hm, sorry, I know I mentioned them before. But they are GOOD. Don’t forget to click on the title of the books to read their fabulous synopsis!

1 • The Sky is Everywhere, Jandy Nelson

Oh, that book gave me WAY too many feels. I don’t think I’m quite over it, yet, and I can’t believe it had such an impact on me. I loved it so, so much. Just go read it now.

2 • Isla and the Happily Ever After, Stephanie Perkins

Isla and the happily ever after was WAY TOO CUTE. If you loved Anna and the French Kiss, or if you like contemporary romances, well, read that one right now. It’s good. So good.


3 •  The Summer of Chasing Mermaids, Sarah Ockler

I fell in love with Sarah Ockler’s writing with that book – and the whole story, a loose retelling of The Little Mermaid, is filled with three-dimensional characters you’ll love.

4 • Ten Thousand Skies Above You, Claudia Gray

If I had to sum up my feelings about that one, it would be like ARETSEZRESTNJHR. I mean, I can’t write one word to define that rollercoaster of a book. And that ENDING, WHY.

5 • The Rest of Us Just Live Here, Patrick Ness

My second Patrick Ness book and, so far, he didn’t disappoint. The plotline was weird. And it was GOOD.

6 • The Accident Season, Moïra Fowley-Doyle

I don’t want to say anything about that book. It was too beautiful for words anyway. I need more of this magical realism in my life.

7 • Sanctuary Bay, Melinda Metz & Laura J. Burns

I already wrote a whole pitch about that one just a few days ago, so…I’ll leave it at that, ahah.

8 • Emmy & Oliver, Robin Benway

Childhood friends, disappearance, an amazing squad of friends… What more do I need for a great contemporary? NOTHING. This is it.


9 • Vanishing Girls, Lauren Oliver

Yes, Lauren Oliver, I will forever be in love with everything you write. I cried for that one. In public. A lot. It was embarrassing..

10 • Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda, Becky Albertalli

Just a huge smiling face for that one. Just that.

What are your latest 5-Stars read? What are some of your favorite books? You know I can’t get enough of your recommendations…even if my TBR and wallet aren’t the happiest about this, haha.  Let me know in comments💬

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  1. I’ve only read two from your list this time — Simon vs (which I LOVED, five stars! But I’ve talked about it way too much so I didn’t include it this time) and The Rest of Us Just Live Here (which I found sadly lacking).

    I’m curious about The Summer of Chasing Mermaids, though! A loose The Little Mermaid retelling just sounds right up my alley, and the cover makes the book seem like it has diverse characters. Is that true?

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    1. Oh yes, Simon was so great ❤ What did bother you about The Rest of Us Just Live here? I'd be curious to know! I really liked the way the book juggled between the "normal" world and some fantasy plotline, it was original 🙂
      You should read it, I think you'll love it! The writing is gorgeous, and it's a contemporary, but definitely shows that there's more than romance and sweet stories, there are strong stories with meaning, too.
      YES, there are diverse characters, too. The main character is from Trinidad & Tobago, and we learn a lot about her life there, the culture and everything. And she lost her voice after an accident, too. AND she is pretty amazing, too. AND I loved it, GO READ IT NOW. 😛


  2. I’ve been meaning to read Ten Thousand Skies Above You since it was released (especially since I’m meeting Claudia next month). I read A Thousand Pieces of You so long ago that i don’t know if I’ll remember all of the details. I might do a reread

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    1. AWW that’s so awesome, you’re lucky! 😀 I didn’t reread the first book before starting, and I was scared I would be confused, but I found that the beginning of Ten Thousand Skies Above You really refreshes your memory, without getting the awful feeling like she’s rewriting and retelling the whole story of the first book.
      Thank you!! 😀

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  3. I hadn’t heard about that Patrick Ness book, it sounds completely random and weird … I added it to my TBR ! Uprooted, and Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell were my lastest 5-stars books, then I have to go wayyy back to find one. I’m so picky, it’s ridiculous, but I used to throw 5-stars like they were some disgusting vegetables that I absolutely didn’t want near me, so I keep restraining myself but there are so many books I love and I’m obsessed with that are “just” 4-stars books.

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    1. It IS completely random and weird, haha, I really hope you’ll enjoy it! 🙂 I understand, it’s sometimes so hard to rate a book, I feel like the book has to be absolutely INCREDIBLE to deserve that rating, at times, ahah. I rated a lot of books “only” 4 stars, too, while I can’t stop thinking about it. Might think about changing my rating, haha 😛

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      1. Oh, well I’m glad you liked that one! Did you read Vanishing Girls? 🙂
        I DO, I am excited/scared/anxious/screaming haha, I can’t wait to know how it turns out. So far, I liked the actress they chose, but I’m always anxious about adaptations… What about you, what do you think? 😀

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      2. Nope. But I will.
        I have mixed feelings about the Zoey Deutch as the main character but well, we’ll see. I’m also very excited and nervous about the movie. I just hope they don’t mess it up because the book is one of my favourite books of all time. ❤


  4. I loved Isla!! I read it a while back, though – I may have to reread this series! I also have a few of these others on my TBR! Great list! 🙂

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  5. Ahh, I absolutely adored Simon vs. too! I read it back in May, so I really hope to re-read it soon. It has to be one of the cutest books I’ve ever read!! I can’t wait to read The Accident Season too. I got it from the library a few weeks ago based on how much you love it, and I can’t wait to read it! I really want to read TTSAY too – that cover is just SO BEAUTIFUL ♥

    Denise | The Bibliolater

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    1. Oh yes, Simon was way too cute, I loved it so, so much. I couldn’t stop smiling while I read it! Aww, I really hope you won’t be disappointed, I absolutely loved all the weirdness of this book, I hope you will, too 🙂
      Thank you so much Denise! 🙂


  6. Oh my god so many of your picks for this week are on my to-read list and I am even more excited to read them now I know you loved them so much!
    I’ll Give You the Sun, Isla and the Happily Ever After, The Summer of Chasing Mermaids, Ten Thosuand Skies Above You, and Simon VS are ALL on my to-read list for next month and I am so excited to start them.
    Great picks for this week Marie 😀

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      1. That’s all right, I’ve literally got them all on my to-read list for April. I’m going to have a YA contemporary month. Once I’ve finished the Throne of Glass series, I’m on the last books that’s been released now, I’m going to start I’ll Give You the Sun, and I cannot wait to start it!

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      2. OHh, a YA contemporary month, feels like we’re switching places, ahah, with me trying to get to ALL the fantasy pretty soon 🙂 I am jumping up and down just thinking about you reading that book. I’m just way too excited, I hope you’ll love it as much as I did, so we can talk about it! 😀

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      3. It’s definitely needed, I have so many YA contemporaries to get through I may as well make a month of it 🙂 are you thinking of doing a fantasy month then!
        Oh yes, there are some I am super excited for, I’ll Give You The Sun is definitely one of them, but also Simon Vs. I’ll definitely let you know what I think when I’m finished, I’ll have a review posted for it as well at some point 😀

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      4. Yes, I’m thinking about it, but I don’t know, because I always like to balance a bit between fantasy and contemporary…so I guess I’ll see how That Goes 😊 I can’t wait, I fell in love with I’ll GIve You The Sun, I really Hope You Will love it as Much as I did! 😊

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      5. I think though I prefer fantasy I enjoy YA contemporary just as much, and I will probably end up reading a couple of fantasy book during the month, but I will largely focus on YA contemporaries. I have high hopes for I’ll Give You the Sun, everyone’s told me how amazing it is. I finished Crown of Midnight today so I’m gonna start I’ll Give You the Sun tomorrow!


  7. Okay. The Accident Season was one of my MOST ANTICIPATED reads for like, the longest time ever!?!?!

    And then 2016 happened…and I forgot that book even existed. What the HECK, brain?! Quit doing things like that!

    Seriously though, I need to remember that book is a thing. I need to read it.

    Great collection this week! Thanks so much for sharing!

    Here’s my TTT

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    1. Hahaha, oh sometimes that happens to me, too, that’s crazy, I mean, HOW can we forgeet books we’re DYING to read? Anyways, you should really get to that book soon, I hope you’ll love it. I found it weird, and absolutely FANTASTIC, I was obsessed.
      Thank you so much! 🙂

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  8. The only book I’ve read on your list is Simon vs THSA which I found a bit lacking and gave 3.5 stars. Oh well, I’m glad you loved it! I absolutely love I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson and I cannot wait to read The Sky is Everywhere. Her writing is beautiful. I’m so happy to hear you loved it so much, you’ve got me even more excited 🙂

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    1. OH yes, do read The Sky is Everywhere as soon as you can! I’m sure you will love it, if you loveed I’ll Give You The Sun. I couldn’t feel my heart, it was hurting way too much. That book is sad, but it’s so beautiful at the same time. I can’t wait for you to read it! 🙂
      Thank you so much Liam! 🙂

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  9. I don’t technically give 5 stars to books, but Simon vs. definitely made it onto my list this week. It was just so good, and I still find myself smiling like a creeper whenever I think about it. Also, FINALLY another person who loves The Rest of Us Just Live Here. That was actually my first (and only right now) Ness book, and I loved it way too much. The experimental plot of the book really resonated with me.

    Ten Thousand Skies Above You (look at that beautiful cover) and The Summer of Chasing Mermaids are both hidden somewhere in one of my TBR piles. This makes me very anxious to finally get around to them.

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    1. Haha, oh thank you, I feel less alone, I was smiling like crazy the whole time while reading this book, which made me feel slightly creepy, too, haha. YES, I’m so glad you liked that Patrick Ness book! Some people found it disappointing, but I loved the plot and the whole idea behind the book, that was so clever. You should read More Than This, It’s the only other book I’ve read by him so far, and it’s incredible.
      AND YES read those two books. You won’t regret it, they are both so, so good ❤
      Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂


  10. The ending of Ten Thousand Skies Above You was the biggest cliffhanger… HOW COULD SHE JUST LEAVE US ON THAT??? I have to read Simon soon. It’s gotten such great reviews 😀

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  11. I’ve read Anna and Lola but not Isla and the happily ever after. I really should. The Sky is everywhere was about the girl who’d lost her sister, no? I can’t remember it too well. My most recent 5 star read was Fahrenheit 451 and before that Days of Blood and Starlight.

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    1. Oh yes, you should, especially if you liked the two others 🙂 Yes, it’s about Lennie who lost her sister, it was such a heartbreaking book. I loved it so much ❤ Ohh, I have to check out those books, thank you so much for the recommendation! 🙂


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